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49ers news: Ravens GM reveals Ricky Pearsall was one of his sleepers

Many were shocked when the San Francisco 49ers took Florida Gators wide receiver Ricky Pearsall with the No. 31 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. The wideout was considered a mid-round selection by several draft experts.

However, as the post-draft process has unfolded, many have praised the 49ers’ roster, which seemed to have more fans in the league than the media. Among the group? Eric DeCosta, general manager of the Baltimore Ravens.

Speaking about sleepers in the 2024 NFL Draft, DeCosta labeled Pearsall as one of those players, sharing that he hoped Florida would be available to the Ravens at some point.

Ultimately, he went at the back of the first round, which DeCosta praised as a “great pick.”

“It was a great choice. I give those guys a lot of credit,” DeCosta said of the selection. “I thought (Pearsall) was a guy we might get who would be a sleeper for us at some point. It wasn’t really a popular trade name. But that was a different guy when you watched his match, he’s a super impressive player on tape.

The Ravens ultimately took Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins with their first-round pick at No. 30. They first selected a receiver in the fourth round, comfortably beating out North Carolina on Tez Walker with the No. 113 pick.

Pearsall was the sixth receiver selected in the 2024 NFL Draft, following Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison (No. 4 Arizona Cardinals), LSU’s Malik Nabers (No. 6 New York Giants), Washington’s Rome Odunze (No. 9 of Chicago Bears), Brian Thomas Jr. of LSU (No. 23 to Jacksonville Jaguars) and Xavier Worthy of Texas (No. 28 to Kansas City Chiefs).

By drafting the Florida wide at No. 31, the 49ers continued their run on receivers, beating the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots, all of whom drafted players at the position over the next six picks, about Perel.

Here’s my full look at the Pearsall selection on draft night, and how he fits with the 49ers in the short and long term.